Four-star Greek big man Georgios Papagiannis is officially off the market. Well, the college market at least.
The top fifty center who plays basketball with local AAU squad Team Takeover has agreed to terms with Greek club team Panatinaikos, a powerhouse in Europe. He’ll have the option to return to the United States next summer, and could actually play college hoops again should he choose to.
The 7’1 center, who played basketball at the same school as Maryland commit Jared Nickens (Westtown School in Pennsylvania), has been competing in the EYBL for AAU this spring averaging 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
The Terrapins were in the mix for Papagiannis given Coach Turgeon’s familiarity with big men from overseas and a high school connection. Now it looks like they’ll have to wait until his overseas expedition ends before they can try and get a commitment from him again (if at all). It looks increasingly likely that Papagiannis may end up staying in his home country for awhile.
His statement, via Google Translate:
“I want to thank the president of Panathinaikos main Dimitris Giannakopoulos, because he believed me and wanted to bring me to the group. I thank him, because I too wish to become a member of Panathinaikos.
I also wish to thank Mr. Argyris Pedoulakis who believed me since I was 14 years old and told me that the best way to proceed was to sign Panathinaikos. It helped me a lot to get my decision.
Of course, I thank my family, my parents, Kanellos and Mary and my brother, Minas and support all these years and is valuable for me. “